Daring Greatly — How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brene’ Brown: I’ve read The Gifts of Imperfection several times. It’s one of my favorites. Well, this is a companion or sequel to it, although you don’t have to have read her other books before reading this one. It stands well on its own.
I like to think of this as a troubleshooting guide. In The Gifts of Imperfection she talks about ten guide posts to living a Wholehearted life and the things that gets in the way of practicing those ten things. This book goes into more detail about the things that get in the way, the armor we put on, the habits that sabotage us when we’re trying to lead a full, joyful life.
Unlike a lot of ‘self-help’ books that document a person’s theories and that don’t always ring true for me, she forms her theories from her research (and she’s an excellent researcher). She even writes about how she researches if you’re interested. This and The Gifts of Imperfection are definitely recommended.
Rabbit Stew and A Penny or Two — A Gypsy family’s hard and happy times on the road in the 1950s
by Maggie Smith-Bendell: A memior. I love learning about the way people live. Ms. Smith-Bendell writes in a clear, conversational way that made me want to keep on reading. She is a Romani Gyspy born and raised in England, and she writes about her life as a child traveling with her family as well as her later years spent helping other Gypsies to get approval to use the land they bought. (As I understand it, in England you can buy land, but then the local council has to approve permits for what use the land will be put. If I’m wrong on this I’m sure someone will say so.) A very interesting read.
Zentangle untangled by Kass Hall: This was the first Zentangle book I found for the Kindle. I don’t generally like to draw, but I like the idea of set patterns and focusing on the act of drawing rather than the finished product. It reminded me of when I was very young sitting at a kid-sized table focusing so much on the act of drawing that I didn’t notice the other kids and the noise and activities that were going on around me. It was a refreshing feeling.
Journalution by Sandy Grason: This has some good prompts that I’ve used in my own personal journaling.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton: How did I miss this gem when I was a kid? I know, it was because as a kid I was trying to adult books and missed out on a lot of very good children’s and YA fiction.
Of course, I’d seen movies and knew the general concept, but I think the book is far superior. I also got it on audio book; I liked it that much.